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book ownership, sharing and transferability

by jisorensen / November 11, 2011 1:00 AM PST

New to ebooks. If I buy an ebook, do I own it or am I just renting it for a period of time? Can I download to a computer and transfer it to someone else? If I purchase a new ebook reader can I transfer existing books to the new reader?

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Once bought, you own it.
by RacingCowboy / November 11, 2011 8:35 AM PST

When you download an e-book through Amazon for your Kindle, or via a service such as Smashwords.com (featuring formats for Nook, Sony eReader, Palm devices, and more), when you buy the book, it's yours. A good example of this is Smashwords, which allows you to download your purchased eBook in multiple formats, whether for your eReader of your PC. And, should something happen to your download, you can download it again from the site.
Smashwords does recommend that instead of sharing an eBook, that you encourage another person to purchase their own copy. Amazon Kindle does allow sharing.
I have written and published eBooks through both services, and am quite pleased with them.

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You Don't Own It
by goosebmp31 / November 11, 2011 8:57 AM PST

As an ebook author I will tell you can buy the right to read and in some cases to loan for a period of time the ebooks you buy and download but you do not "own it." Just read the copyright attached to the book. You may not copy, transfer, etc. without express permission from the author. If you download a movie can you just copy it and give to others, No. If you download music and copy it can you give to others, No.

Respect the hard work of the person who wrote the book. In my case, I have years involved in writing and producing a book. Do you think I or any other author would just "give" the book to you. I don't think so. Would you?

Dawn Meier

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Now, now...
by falloonacy / November 11, 2011 12:03 PM PST
In reply to: You Don't Own It

Bob and Dawn, I have invested every bit as much time, sweat, and dedication to my books as you or any other author out there. In this issue, I doubt for a moment that the OP would actually believe they own the rights to an eBook upon purchase, any more than a person who buys a physical book believes they own the rights to it beyond possession of the paper and ink.

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you dont own it
by ahardaker0290 / April 14, 2012 12:31 PM PDT
In reply to: You Don't Own It

if i bot a hard copy I could give to someone after i read it. I dont see a difference.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2011 9:04 AM PST

You may own access to the work but you do not have full "ownership" to the work in question.

That is, if I own my works, I am free to do with them as I please. In the case of a book, even an e-book there are limits to what I may do with it.

Many are unaware of this area of copyright and law or are looking for any reason to ignore such laws. Some will even debate the validity of laws.

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